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First egg of 2015 is laid by the Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines

The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later.

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The first fleeting glimpse of this year’s egg(s) was timed at 6.17am on Thursday 19 March 2015.

The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable.

Once the entire clutch is laid they will incubate properly. This ensures that the chicks hatch roughly at the same time ensuring relatively even development.

We will be opening the Watch Point in the Cathedral Close on Friday 27 March.

Last year we welcomed 32,500 visits to the Watch Point – this year we are anticipating 40,000+.

Local broadcaster Mustard TV was first to the story: Click Here

The Peregrines have chosen a very chilly and windy day to produce their first egg! All of us at the Cathedral look forward to the next few weeks and hope that, as last year, several chicks will be successfully hatched.

We look forward to seeing the many people who come to watch them from the Close as we know this brings a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages. We hope that all those who come to enjoy watching the birds will also take the opportunity to come into our magnificent Cathedral and enjoy the Cloister, the Refectory, the Shop and beautiful surroundings within the Cathedral Close.The Very Reverend Jane Hodges, Dean of Norwich

The minute the first egg is laid each year at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Nest Platform, a huge team of people swing into action to get the Norwich Peregrine show back on the road.

Millions of people from Norwich, Norfolk, England and worldwide have taken these wonderful birds to their hearts and will be following the trials and tribulations via our live webcam on our website, through our Facebook page or by a visit in person to the Watch Point at the Cathedral.

This year the Watch Point opens on March 27. You will also notice that, thanks to incredibly generous donations from our East Anglian based sponsors, Viking Optical we have new cameras which are providing even better pictures than last year.Hawk and Owl Press Officer Lin Murray

Is love in the air at our St John’s Church Peregrine Nest Platform in Bath?

The following video clip highlights the shenanigans between the falcon and the tiercel at St John’s Church in Bath during a large number of visits to the nest box.  They’ve been indulging in courtship behaviour, but will this pair ever get it together this year or continue to fight over food?!Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as…Continue Reading

New Cameras Launched for Norwich Peregrines

Calling all #nrperegrines followers @nrw-cathedral. You will be pleased to know that the new cameras have been installed and we are now in the final testing phase. Youtube clips coming soon – in glorious HD – followed by live streaming to the HOT web site. Here is one of the first images. Hope you enjoy…Continue Reading

New post – seasonal peregrine project officer

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point Project Officer We need an enthusiastic, friendly and organised person with a good working knowledge of Peregrines and birds of prey although background information will be given. You must be able to manage a large team of volunteers of all ages and abilities. Full time: 18-week contract from March 16…Continue Reading

Work Commences on New Cameras for our Norwich Peregrine ‘Superstars’

Calling all followers of the Norwich Peregrines. Have you been wondering what’s happening with the upgrade of the nest cams? Then read on… Most of you will know that back in September we reported that the old cameras were going to be upgraded and therefore needed to be removed. This has been done and a…Continue Reading

Vet Examination Confirms Norwich Peregrine Death a Collision Accident

Grove Veterinary Practise in Fakenham, having examined the body of YT, the fourth and final peregrine chick to fledge from the nest box at Norwich Cathedral and who was found dead in the Cathedral grounds. Grove have reported that there is a crack in one of the neck bones of the bird. This suggests, as…Continue Reading

Peregrine Chicks Due to Hatch Soon at St John’s Church Bath

The peregrine pair using the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform at St John’s Church in Bath have been carefully brooding their eggs for the last few weeks. We are now getting to the time for the chicks to hatch and are predicting the first egg to hatch somewhere between 4 – 9 May. Here…Continue Reading

Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing…Continue Reading

BBC Visit Bath Peregrine Project

BBC news programme ‘Points South West’ dropped by St John’s Church in Bath on Monday to speak to Hawk and Owl Trustee Mike Rogers and Peregrine Project team member Hamish Smith. The peregrine pair that have taken up residence in the nesting platform provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust have continued their successful run…Continue Reading